Northwest golfers had a quite a week on both the PGA and Web.com Tours.
On the big tour, Boise, ID and Banks, OR native Robert Garrigus fired an emotional final round 64 to finish tied in 5th (-14) at the Zürich Classic of New Orleans. The father of Garrigus’s caddy Brent Henley passed away this past Tuesday, which nearly prompted Henley to miss the event. At the behest of his family, Henley stayed and helped Robert fire a back nine 30 in tough conditions en route to his second top-5 finish on this years wrap around schedule.
Spokane native and University of Washington alumni Alex Prugh and Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley both made the cut, but fired disappointing over par final rounds to finish T-29 (-7) and T-52 (-3) respectively. Portland’s Ben Crane and Richard H. Lee of Bellevue and UW both missed the cut.
Andrew Putnam fired rounds of 66, 66 and 64 (-20) to earn his first career victory on the Web.com Tour’s WNB Golf Classic in Midlands, TX. The younger brother of 3 time 2013 Web.com Tour winner Michael Putnam, the Tacoma native has been off to a very hot start with 3 top-10 finishes in 6 events before his win last week. Putnam extended his 7 shot lead in windy Sunday conditions that eventually prompted Tour officials to call the event after 54 holes.
Olympia’s “Half man, half amazing” Andres Gonzales shot a third round 67 to jump into the top-25, finishing the shortened week in a tie for 22nd (-7). Abbotsford, BC native and teammate of Alex Prugh at UW finished tied for 52nd (-4) after a 1-over 73 on Saturday. Seattle’s Jeff Gove missed the cut.
What’s on tap
The PGA Tour moves to North Carolina and Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. Michael Putnam will tee it up after taking this past week off. He’ll be joined by Richard H. Lee, Kyle Stanley and Ben Crane.
The Web.com Tour heads to Valdosta, GA for the South Georgia Classic. Andrew Putnam will look to repeat this week at a course where he finished tied for 15th last season. Putnam will be joined by Alex Prugh, Andres Gonzales, Nick Taylor and Jeff Gove.